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Are restrictive diets bad for children?

Are parents acting irresponsibly by imposing their own eating regimes on children? Are there actual dangers – or are they exaggerated? Sue Quinn investigates

THE SANE VIEW

*SOURCE: COMPLEMENTARY FEEDING: A POSITION PAPER BY THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR PAEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY, HEPATOLOGY, AND NUTRITION (ESPGHAN) COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION, LEAD AUTHOR PROFESSOR MARY FEWTRELL

Can excluding certain foods from your child’s plate damage their health? Recent newspaper headlines have claimed that parents who choose vegan diets, for example, for their children might be causing them “irreversible damage”. Certainly there’s no shortage of so-called healthy eating trends that involve avoiding certain foods: raw, clean, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, low carb, vegetarian and vegan to name just a few. And some of these fads appear to be filtering through to children.

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The September issue of delicious. is packed with great cooking: there’s a Ukrainian feast from Olia Hercules, a relaxed Persian menu from Sabrina Ghayour, Bruno Loubet’s incredible mushroom burger, Richard Bertinet’s end-of-summer pudding and Thane Prince’s foolproof jam-making feature. Our bigger midweek section is also filled with inspiration for exciting and healthy meals that are simple to cook but deliver on flavour. Plus improve your kitchen skills with our guide to sourdough, making a pastry lattice and step-by-step biryani.
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